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Dr. Dan Calow: What Do Chiropractors Do?

Ontarians utilizing chiropractic care as a form of health care is steadily gaining in popularity, and it seems to bring along the question: “what do chiropractors do?” Unfortunately, this would depend on which chiropractor or patient you ask. There are many different technique styles utilized in chiropractic care that serve to fit to the needs, lifestyles, and conditions of varying types and ages of people. One thing does remain true, they use some form of manual medicine to help patients decrease pain to work towards living a healthier lifestyle.

Every treatment plan will differ in techniques, frequency, invasiveness, and rehabilitation choices…

If you ask THIS chiropractor that same question, I can answer that a little more specifically. I meet with my patients for a thorough, detailed examination outlining their specific health concerns, lifestyle, and previous or current injuries or areas of pain to help us come up with a specifically tailored plan of care to help them move more, feel better, and get back to or push towards that healthy active lifestyle they so enjoy. Every treatment plan will differ in techniques, frequency, invasiveness, and rehabilitation choices to address individual goals and needs or areas of concern. The conditions I treat range from things like back and neck pain, headaches, muscle strains and joint sprains of various body areas, foot and ankle pain like plantar fasciitis, knee/hip/and shoulder pain syndromes from injury or overuse, or simply working on moving better overall to avoid any of these conditions.

I am a firm believer that not one single technique is best suited for every single individual.

Another question I seem to hear a lot is “ You’re a chiropractor, do you do ______?”
As mentioned there are a […]

Top 4 Awesome Outdoor Spaces To Keep Fit In PTBO

For those of us who live, work and play in Peterborough,it can be very easy to take our beautiful surroundings for granted. We drive by them on our way to work, or if you are our clinic staff at Trent Health In Motion, you are greeted each morning by any number of wildlife that inhabit the area.

So, it’s no surprise that when we talk to our clients, family and friends, many supplement their gym time with some serious outdoor time when planning their workout schedule (or visa-versa). With so many open spaces at our disposal, it just makes sense to soak up the beauty while breaking a good sweat.

On that note, if you are reading this and aren’t familiar with the Peterborough area, but plan on making it this summer – these are our Top 4 Awesome Outdoor Spaces To Keep Fit In PTBO!

Jackson’s Park

Jackson park has 2 entrances; one located at the Monaghan Road and Parkhill Road intersection and the other located at the corner of Parkhill Road and Fairbairn Street. There are washroom facilities, picnic tables, benches, shaded areas, a creek, and a large wooded area behind the park. There is an excellent trail running through the wooded area used frequently by walkers and bikers. This is a very picturesque park that provides a wonderful place to spend the day outside.The lower area of the Park near the Pagoda Bridge is very popular for small weddings. Permits are required for all events that are booked. Permits are not required for groups that would just like to take wedding pictures in the park.

Rotary Greenway Trail

This former rail line was developed through the fundraising efforts of the Rotary Club of Peterborough.

The trail […]

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    Life at Trent Health in Motion – Working In A Multi-Disciplinary Clinic

Life at Trent Health in Motion – Working In A Multi-Disciplinary Clinic

I often get asked, ‘what’s it like working at Trent Health in Motion?’ My simple and short answer is, ‘it’s great! I love my job, where I work, and the people I work with.’ For a more in depth response, I will usually reflect on how I ended up where I am, working with the amazing team that I work with now and how the facility itself has evolved over the years to become such a great, state of the art, leading multidisciplinary clinic that it is today. That response usually looks a bit like the following……
 
Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some excellent Massage Therapists, from whom I’ve learned a great deal from and shared a wide range of ideas and techniques towards providing effective treatments for our clients. Coming out of my schooling, I was eager to put my education and newly acquired skills to use, treating athletes and members of the general public within Peterborough and the surrounding area. I began my practice with a local Massage Therapy clinic close to downtown. Four Registered Massage Therapists under one roof, all working together, providing our clients with the best hands on care that we knew how to provide. Looking back on it now, it seemed like an ideal situation for a Massage Therapist starting out………….working alongside other experienced Massage Therapists. And it certainly was a great start to my career. We shared treatment options, different approaches to achieve better results for our clients, and I learned a great deal from my more experienced peers. It worked out well and we got along great! For a Massage Therapist new into the profession, it was the perfect scenario to get […]

30 Physio Tips To Keep You Working Smarter Not Harder

Every Wednesday for the past 30 weeks, we’ve been spreading #wednesdaywisdom love on our social channels with weekly Physio tips. Some just for fun, some informative & inspirational. If you’ve been missing out, well, let’s catch you up!

In no particular order, here are our 30 Physio Tips To Keep You Working Smarter Not Harder.

The Dave Kervin Report: The Therapist/Athlete Relationship.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been passionate about sports and all that encompasses them. From learning new skills on skates with the puck, to seeing how far I can push my body into the red zone on the bike, all the way to the ongoing battle of mastering those first 25 meters out of the starting blocks in the sprints. It’s what fuels my interest in sport and how we put our bodies to the test. It’s been an incredible driving force behind learning not only how my own body functions, but how the bodies of each athlete I’ve worked with over the years and continue to work with today, operates and maintains optimal performance. I consider myself lucky to be working in a profession, where not only do I get to assess and study the biomechanics of the human body and how it manages itself, but I get to see how individuals push it to its’ limits, demanding the very most from it, often day in and day out, time after time again. The really cool part is, I get to be a part in maintaining that optimal performance they seek from it, or in rehabilitating or repairing it when it breaks down on them. Either way, whether it’s maintaining or rehabilitating, as a Massage Therapist, I get to play an integral part of it all coming together, and personally I think it’s the greatest job in the world! I’ve decided to share a few general pieces of information for not just other therapists looking to work within the sport community, but for athletes looking for further gains or tips to help in […]

Staff Spotlight: Get To Know Reanna Montopoli

Reanna grew up in Peterborough, but has spent the majority of her post-secondary education and working years in downtown Toronto. She recently moved back to Peterborough and is thoroughly enjoying it.

Reanna is a compassionate physiotherapist who loves working with clients to help them achieve their goals. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education and Health from the University of Toronto in 2008. She then completed her Master’s of Physical Therapy at Queen’s University in 2010. After practicing for five years in orthopaedic physiotherapy, Reanna went on to complete her Master’s of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in 2016. With this, Reanna achieved the designation as a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT), which is the highest level of education in manual orthopaedic physiotherapy. She is registered and in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Reanna has been actively pursuing continuing education opportunities to further advance her skills and to optimize outcomes for her clients. She has completed a one-year Discover Physio Series through which she learned how to assess and treat clients using the Integrated Systems Model (ISM). The ISM is an approach in which the therapist looks at the whole person to find the driving cause of their meaningful complaint rather than just assessing the painful area. Reanna has also taken many other courses to develop her skills set in soft tissue release techniques, therapeutic taping, and acupuncture.

Reanna takes a client-centered approach to treatment, where she involves the client in goal-setting right from the beginning. She explains each step of her assessment and treatment to ensure the client understands what is […]

Massage Therapy – Pro-active vs Reactive Treatment

How many of you have used Massage Therapy in the past?  In a room full of people, when this question is posed, chances are that a good number of hands will go up, if not most.  Now, how many of you have used Massage Therapy as a reactive means of dealing with an ache or pain that prevents mobility, activity or generally causes discomfort in the body? Once again, odds are the vast majority of hands that were raised with the initial question, will again go up.
It’s a natural response for individuals to seek out therapy or treatment of some sort once they are unable to maintain their normal activity level or simply function with daily activities when some form of discomfort is present.  Whether created by an acute (new) injury, or due to something secondary or chronic (ongoing) that presents itself in the body, we all want to restore our bodies to functioning pain free with our daily lifestyle or in the activities we enjoy doing.  Therefore, using Massage Therapy as a restorative treatment approach or way of relieving discomfort is quite common and an effective form of treatment for getting us back on track.  However, how many individuals choose to use Massage Therapy as a preventative method of steering clear of injury, or maintaining optimal performance with their daily activities or hobbies?

Through my 17 years of practice and experience, I can tell you the numbers are far less, and I suppose, for relevant reasons.  If we’re not in pain or discomfort, or not limited in doing everything we want to be doing, why would we spend money on a Massage Therapy treatment if we don’t have to, or feel as though we need it?  Well, there’s a simple analogy to answer this question.  Anyone who owns and drives a car can understand the next point I’m […]

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    Posture Power And Back Burning Exercises In Less Than 5 Minutes!

Posture Power And Back Burning Exercises In Less Than 5 Minutes!

Sitting at a desk all day, many of us catch ourselves slouching – correct our posture – then slouch again. It’s a vicious cycle that can get harder and harder to correct over time. We also realize, it’s difficult to find time to dedicate to an exercise routine to help the battle against posture and back strength.
 
Lead The Way to the rescue! All you need is 5 minutes, and you’ll be correcting your posture, and targeting those all important upper back muscles, in no time!
 
Simply follow along with Reanna, one of our talented registered physiotherapists at Trent Health In Motion!
 
Posture Power
 
Stand tall looking straight ahead with your elbows bent to 90 degrees at your sides, and hold a resistance with both hands.  Next, squeeze your shoulder blades together and pull the resistance band apart, keeping your elbows in at your sides.  Hold 5 seconds, then slowly release.  Perform 10 repetitions of this to help improve your posture and strengthen your shoulders and upper back.
 

 

 
Back Burner
 
Start laying on your stomach, with a rolled towel under your forehead if needed to keep your neck straight.  Bend your elbows to place your hands under your shoulders.  Engage your abdominal muscles first to protect your low back, then squeeze your shoulder blades together to open your chest, and slowly lift your head and chest up to feel the muscles your upper back engage.  Hold for 3 seconds, then slowly lower back down and relax.  Perform 10 repetitions of this exercise to help improve your posture and strengthen the muscles in your upper back.
 

 

 

LOVE Your Spine! [Infographic]

Happy Valentines Day! Wether you have plans to spend this special day with a loved one, or maybe you’re flying solo. Whatever the case may be it’s always important never to forget to take care of yourself too! Often times we get so caught up in our day to day of looking after everyone else, we forget to take care of ourself.

That’s why on this day of love, we bring you LOVE Your Spine! . These quick visual tips will help you strengthen your spine, and keep it happy and healthy for years to come. Just like any relationship, good spine health takes consistent work so try these mini exercises everyday!

(**reminder: please consult a registered physiotherapist before attempting these exercises**)

 

 

Slip & Fall Accidents: Stats & Prevention

Slip and fall accidents are associated most with the elderly population, but in fact they effect every age group. From a slip off a ladder, to tripping over baby toys, nobody is safe from accidents around the home. As physiotherapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors, our clinics see a large scope of injuries but slip and fall are one of the most common.

This infographic contains lots of great stats and ways to prevent these injuries from happening. We hope it helps you avoid the next possible household accident!